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Discraft’s Portland Open: Round 2 Recap – Course Record Set in Perfect Scoring Conditions

By Baker Helton
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Round two of Discraft’s Portland Open presented by Bevel Brewing is in the books and with the perfect weather came near perfect scores. As the clouds broke and the sun emerged at the Blue Lake Disc Golf Course, the pros were ready to make moves after rough scoring conditions during day one.

From yesterday’s feature card to the 8th card today Eagle McMahon carded one of the hot rounds today finishing at -12 par for the round. Eagle kept a clean card but struggled with his circle two putting, landing a lone circle two putt on hole 13 to grab the birdie. His 33% C2 rate for the day put him in 26th place for the tournament in circle two putting. His 100% C1x and scramble rates were what kept him in the hunt, and he will be looking to make moves within the top ten on the final day tomorrow.

Moving up the leaderboard and staying well within the cash today was Northwest Pacific local Kyle Crabtree. Kyle had a 75% C2 putting rate today to help keep him in the hunt and throw double digits under par. Had he not two-putted on holes 10 and 11 he would have been two more throws under par and in the mix to potentially make it into a top ten finish on championship Sunday. Kyle did move up 35 spots today to finish T21. He has shown he has what it takes to make moves at Blue Lake and will be one you want to follow on Udisc tomorrow to see what moves he makes.

Also in double digits under par was James Conrad. Playing bogey-free golf, James did have three OB strokes that if he had back would put him squarely in the lead but instead he shares the lead with Simon Lizotte going into the final round. Uniquely enough, James only had one circle two putt all day, while he missed the putt, his C1 and scramble percentages helped to elevate him to his tie for first place. He could be hunting down his second Disc Golf Pro Tour victory tomorrow.

The story of the day however, came from card 11 which featured Kevin Jones. Kevin had started his previous three rounds (stretching back into Santa Cruz) with a bogey or worse on his opening two holes. When he carded two birdies back-to-back to start the round, you could tell it was going to be a great day. Kevin’s first par was on hole twelve where he went OB on the drive and saved the par with a C2 putt from 60ft. After an errant drive on 17, Kevin was unable to scramble and ended up with his only bogey of the day. With sixteen birdies and a -15, course record-setting showing he moved up 35 spots into a tie for third place going into the final round.

The lead card tomorrow will feature Simon Lizotte and James Conrad who are tied for the lead and Nate Sexton and Kevin Jones who are tied in third place. You will not want to miss the action on the final day as there are still several players with a chance at bringing home the inaugural Portland Open victory. The live coverage will start at 6 PM ET. Let your friends know and tune in to watch!